The parents of deceased Clemson student Tucker Hipps filed a lawsuit for wrongful death on Monday, March 30th. The Hipps parents are filing against Clemson University; Hipps’ former fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon; and three students.
These students are Thomas Carter King, Campbell T. Starr and Samuel Quillen Carney.
Hipps’ parents filed both a lawsuit for wrongful death and a lawsuit for personal injury.
- These are civil, not criminal, suits. The defendants cannot go to jail for losing these specific cases.
- The phrase “upon information and belief” is mentioned multiple times in the lawsuits. Law.com describes this phrase as: “In effect, he/she says: “I am only stating what I have been told, and I believe it.” This makes clear about which statements he/she does not have sure-fire, personal knowledge (perhaps it is just hearsay or surmise) and protects the maker of the statement from claims of outright falsehood or perjury.”
Below are some key points from the lawsuits, although I highly encourage you to read the full lawsuits.